Founded in 1999, QS Investors is an independent investment advisor that became an affiliate of Legg Mason Inc. after an acquisition deal in 2014. The existing office used an outdated regime of workplace styles that were no longer viable for the client. They needed to make modifications to maximize space and acknowledge the change in contemporary work settings, including a 3:1 hoteling ratio of staff to seats.
QSI’s new office would need to provide a flexible workspace for Legg Mason’s analytic team, create shared areas for visitors and non-residing staff, and establish itself as a touchdown space for the researchers in New England. Meeting our client’s objectives in such a small footprint was a challenge for our design team. We had to provide shared amenities with enough room to develop meeting spaces for staff and visitors. The details are crucial on a small project that relies on multi-functionality—from casual collaboration to formal meetings to e-conferences, our design offers grace in versatility.
The meeting spaces double as additional work areas and are outfitted with different furniture settings, while the redefined café establishes a center hub for conversation amongst staff. We effectively helped QS to reduce their floorplan while enhancing the functionality of the office.